Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

The first post, called Feeling Blue by Robert Genn is on color, specifically the colors blue and red. Robert Genn of Painters Keys has found himself using a lot of blue lately in his paintings and here he talks about the significance of his focus on that color. But he also talks a bit about red, which makes me happy, since red seems to be my focus right now. But I’m not particularly happy with what he says: “with red you are more inclined to be vigilant and careful.” His piece is tempting me to begin to work with blues. Which works best for you, blue or red?

With this next post, I return to weaving: Finding Your Way in the Dark – The Hawthorne Works. I loved this piece on the limitations of weaving software because I find this software infuriatingly unhelpful in my own weaving. I also appreciated his discussion on overcoming the difficulties of being able to see only parts of the piece one is weaving during the weaving process. The more one weaves on a piece, the more of the piece one cannot see. This is an important problem for a rug weaver who weaves on a regular horizontal loom. But it is also an issue I faced, for example, when I wove my recent art pieces. And I will face it again when I start weaving the next crackle shawl/sample. He has given me a camera trick I will want to try.

Meg, in her post called Mine or Someone Else's? has written an interesting post on what can be a difficult decision: should I stay in my comfort zone or should I leave it to try something that I cannot be sure will work out? I can’t imagine just totally leaving my comfort zone without at least some testing, but perhaps I am too wary. What ways do you have to help you leave your particular comfort zone?

Tien’s post, Heading into the Wilderness, is about leaving the comfort zone and entering the wilderness of the unknown. Why, she asks herself, does she insist on “…striking out on my own rather than following the path that is already laid out.” Her answer resonates with mine.

Related Posts:
Creative Intelligence and Weaving
Aiming for Excellence
Leaving the Comfort Zone

Blog Posts to Visit” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on March 10, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Meg in Nelson said...

Thanks for the link, Peg. The funny (??) story is, I was convinced I should go with the elegant and not the stubborn, until I noticed I'd have to shift 60- or 70-odd heddle between 16 shafts, and I couldn't be bothered, so I'm threading it in the stubborn choice.

Peg in South Carolina said...

You are welcome, Meg. I understand the pain of shifting heddles.........! I would do almost anything to avoid it.